seddy at vvm.com
Mon Dec 16 03:44:59 PST 1996
I couldn't let it die peacefully, I'm sorry. From what I have been
able to glean from my research gold lame' and cloth of gold look
Now before we go any farther let's define a few words. there are 2
types of gold lame' that I am familiar with. I could be wrong. On is
called liquid gold. It is a metalic gold substance on an elastic
backing. I agree that this should bediscouraged. The second type is
the tissue lame' made of rayon or metallic fibers. This is stiffer and
more translucent that the liquid gold.
There are also different types of cloth of gold. Some used threads of
gold woven into a fabric (e.g. red cloth with threads of gold), but
source speak of Emperors and Empresses wearing what apeared to be
robes of solid gold, (i.e. a warp of silk and a weft of gold). Fromthe
pictures of Greek Orthodox clergy that I have seen (National
Geographic May 1964, and the National Geographic 100 Years book) both
show patriarchs dressed in vestments that haven't changed much since
the Empire was at it's height. These pictures show good examples of
cloth of gold stripes on the robes.
So, all of you Byzantines go hog wild. Buy out the store, get enough
gold tissue lame' to drown in. The rest of you barbarians ;) as the
border guard said to Bishop Liuprand as he was sneaking out of the
Empire with valuable cloth. "You barbarians are notworthy to be seen
in such finery, only we Romans can have such beautiful cloth."
If anyone would like to see my research on Byzantine clothing I would
love to share it with you!
Grace and Peace,
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